Our Gifts Mar27

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Our Gifts

Guest blog post by Laura Smith

 “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10 

I had convinced myself that my “gift” was somehow not worthy enough to be considered a kingdom building gift. As if somehow the very thing He paved the path for was suddenly just not good enough. Not glorifying enough. Not heard enough, seen enough or glamorous enough. Yep. All those years spent deep in the throes of studying and training in that gift, not to mention my husband’s hard earned income supporting said gift, were going to be packed up hastily and stuffed in the attic to never be heard from again.

“Ok God, I’m ready for that really gratifying, front line to the enemy gift You surely want to instill, now. I’m sure people will notice and I’ll be humble when they do but I’m ready.”

5 minutes later. “Still ready God.”

10 days pass. “Yes God. Still waiting.”

2 months. “Hello? Can you hear me?”

Sweet sister in Christ, can you relate?! Have you found yourself questioning your gifts and how they could possibly make any difference in His kingdom? Take heart. You are not alone. Let me ask you something. Is it possible He gives multiple gifts? Yes! Is it possible He gives gifts only meant to be used during certain seasons of our lives? You bet. Is it possible He gives gifts that we would not choose for ourselves? Absolutely. I have spent the better part of my born again life doubting and questioning events, people, newfound hobbies and interests, and stirrings in my heart. I would start to see Him working them all together and then something, fear, the enemy, maybe myself, would pull me back from it and convince me that I had managed to create this series of happenings in my life and it wasn’t Him at all. Head hanging low, I would come to prayer apologizing for trying to take the lead in my life, AGAIN, and  please dear God show me what you want for me.

I have gone through this agonizing pattern time and time again. My patient husband has quietly held my hand while I have had to learn this lesson in my own way. My best girlfriend, bless her heart, has endured countless hours and texts of my wishy washy back and forth dilemma. “I’m going to embrace this gift!” An hour later “Who am I kidding? I can’t do that!”.

Ready for the eye opening, roll out the red carpet moment? Here it is. On a day no different than any other, God got real with me. He showed me my many, many gifts. My ability to mother children. A gift. My loving marriage to a selfless man. A gift. The trials and learning in my chronic illnesses. A gift. The people in my life that had come and gone for various reasons. A gift. The ability to be a homemaker. A gift. The not so glamorous or important to anyone but highly useful to His purpose career field I kept tip toeing in. A gift. The struggles, the pain, the joy, the growth, all of it was a gift. Did you get that? ALL of it. He has given so many gifts and I keep handing them back.

No more. I will use whatever gift He so generously bestows on me as an opportunity to serve others. I will no longer doubt after I have really and truly laid whatever it is down at His feet. If He nudges me, I will move. If he is stirring my heart in my ministry as a mother or wife, I will pay close attention. If He is calling me to reach out to the stranger on the other side of the continent, I will. If His will is for me to write as my mentoring in this season of life, I pray the words be His not mine. If He needs me to pursue that field, then who am I to question?

He is so good and so patient to keep pursuing us even when we have been anything but teachable for the hundredth time! What are you holding back? What gift has He given you that you are not paying attention to?

 

For His Glory and the next generation-

Titus2 Mentoring Women
info@titus2mentoringwomen.com

For resources to equip and guide you in your mentoring, go to www.titus2mentoringwomen.com
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About Laura: I am blessed to be a wife of 12 years to a man I adore, who serves in the United States Air Force. I am the lucky mama to two boys whom I am honored to homeschool. I am raising a special needs child who has opened my eyes to see the world in a much gentler and compassionate way. I love to encourage and support other military wives, and am called to mentoring. I love cream in my coffee, with no sugar please and soft, fuzzy socks are the bee’s knees! 

Our Gifts Mar27

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                                                     (image credit ~ Pinterest)

Our Gifts

Guest blog post by Laura Smith

 “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10 

I had convinced myself that my “gift” was somehow not worthy enough to be considered a kingdom building gift. As if somehow the very thing He paved the path for was suddenly just not good enough. Not glorifying enough. Not heard enough, seen enough or glamorous enough. Yep. All those years spent deep in the throes of studying and training in that gift, not to mention my husband’s hard earned income supporting said gift, were going to be packed up hastily and stuffed in the attic to never be heard from again.

“Ok God, I’m ready for that really gratifying, front line to the enemy gift You surely want to instill, now. I’m sure people will notice and I’ll be humble when they do but I’m ready.”

5 minutes later. “Still ready God.”

10 days pass. “Yes God. Still waiting.”

2 months. “Hello? Can you hear me?”

Sweet sister in Christ, can you relate?! Have you found yourself questioning your gifts and how they could possibly make any difference in His kingdom? Take heart. You are not alone. Let me ask you something. Is it possible He gives multiple gifts? Yes! Is it possible He gives gifts only meant to be used during certain seasons of our lives? You bet. Is it possible He gives gifts that we would not choose for ourselves? Absolutely. I have spent the better part of my born again life doubting and questioning events, people, newfound hobbies and interests, and stirrings in my heart. I would start to see Him working them all together and then something, fear, the enemy, maybe myself, would pull me back from it and convince me that I had managed to create this series of happenings in my life and it wasn’t Him at all. Head hanging low, I would come to prayer apologizing for trying to take the lead in my life, AGAIN, and  please dear God show me what you want for me.

I have gone through this agonizing pattern time and time again. My patient husband has quietly held my hand while I have had to learn this lesson in my own way. My best girlfriend, bless her heart, has endured countless hours and texts of my wishy washy back and forth dilemma. “I’m going to embrace this gift!” An hour later “Who am I kidding? I can’t do that!”.

Ready for the eye opening, roll out the red carpet moment? Here it is. On a day no different than any other, God got real with me. He showed me my many, many gifts. My ability to mother children. A gift. My loving marriage to a selfless man. A gift. The trials and learning in my chronic illnesses. A gift. The people in my life that had come and gone for various reasons. A gift. The ability to be a homemaker. A gift. The not so glamorous or important to anyone but highly useful to His purpose career field I kept tip toeing in. A gift. The struggles, the pain, the joy, the growth, all of it was a gift. Did you get that? ALL of it. He has given so many gifts and I keep handing them back.

No more. I will use whatever gift He so generously bestows on me as an opportunity to serve others. I will no longer doubt after I have really and truly laid whatever it is down at His feet. If He nudges me, I will move. If he is stirring my heart in my ministry as a mother or wife, I will pay close attention. If He is calling me to reach out to the stranger on the other side of the continent, I will. If His will is for me to write as my mentoring in this season of life, I pray the words be His not mine. If He needs me to pursue that field, then who am I to question?

He is so good and so patient to keep pursuing us even when we have been anything but teachable for the hundredth time! What are you holding back? What gift has He given you that you are not paying attention to?

 

For His Glory and the next generation-

Titus2 Mentoring Women
info@titus2mentoringwomen.com

For resources to equip and guide you in your mentoring, go to www.titus2mentoringwomen.com
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About Laura: I am blessed to be a wife of 12 years to a man I adore, who serves in the United States Air Force. I am the lucky mama to two boys whom I am honored to homeschool. I am raising a special needs child who has opened my eyes to see the world in a much gentler and compassionate way. I love to encourage and support other military wives, and am called to mentoring. I love cream in my coffee, with no sugar please and soft, fuzzy socks are the bee’s knees! 

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